[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Aurora 4-14-1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall park, stand, store or leave a motor vehicle upon any publicly or privately owned premises or property, parking areas or parking lots without the consent and permission of the owner or lessee of such premises.
To effectuate the prohibition of parking on such premises as above described, a conspicuous sign or signs shall be posted at the entrances to such parking lots or parking areas informing the public as to the permitted conditions of parking thereon.
A sign as hereinafter described shall be deemed substantial compliance with this section:
Such sign or signs shall be at least three feet high by four feet wide, with red lettering of a size not less than above indicated upon a white background.
The words "police enforcement" and "under penalty of law" on such signs shall be construed, among other things, to mean a request by the owner or lessee that the police or special patrolmen shall enforce the provisions of this chapter against persons parking, standing, storing or leaving vehicles on such premises without the consent of the owner or lessee and that the police are authorized to enter upon such premises to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Such sign or signs shall state the conditions of parking or the persons authorized by the owner or lessee to use said premises for parking, or both, and persons not included within such authorization or violating the regulations and conditions set out on said signs shall be deemed to be using said premises unlawfully without the authority and consent of the owner or lessee.
This chapter may be enforced by the police or special patrolmen in the same manner as elsewhere provided for in this Code for the enforcement of traffic or parking ordinances, including the use of tags, summonses, towing and any other procedure authorized by law.
Proof of ownership of a vehicle shall be presumptive evidence in an action for enforcement of this chapter that the owner parked or caused his vehicle to be parked on such premises.
If such premises adjoin or abut upon a building or structure whose entrances or exits open upon such parking area, no vehicle shall be left parked, standing or placed in such manner as to obstruct such entrances or exits, and a clear, unobstructed passage shall be maintained and left open from such entrances or exits to the street or public right-of-way; such passageway shall be equal in width to the width of said entrances or exits in each instance, but in no case shall be less than five feet wide, and shall permit persons to enter and leave such building or structure with safety.
A sign attached to such building or structure at the place of such entrances or exits shall inform users of such parking area as to such restrictions, and failure to obey the regulations herein contained shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.
On demand of the police, any owner or lessee requesting police enforcement of this chapter shall furnish to the police a statement, in writing, signed by him or his agent, to the effect that a specified vehicle was unlawfully parked, stored or left upon his premises at a certain time or during a certain period without his consent or permission, and such owner or lessee shall be available to testify to such facts in court at the request of the police. Failure of an owner or lessee to comply with the request of the police as above set out shall be sufficient cause for the Chief of Police or his subordinates to cease the enforcement of this chapter at the premises of such owner or lessee who fails to give the cooperation required herein.
Where an owner of premises desires to prohibit completely parking thereon, he may notify the public to that effect by a conspicuous sign or signs placed on said premises stating, in substance:
Such sign shall be not less than two feet in height by three feet in width, with red lettering not less than four inches high upon a white background.
Any person who parks or leaves a vehicle on such posted premises shall be deemed to be in violation of this chapter.
[Amended 3-28-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2016]
Any person or persons, association or corporation committing an offense against this chapter or any section or provision thereof is guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days for each such offense, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Every person convicted of a violation of this chapter relating solely to the parking or standing of a vehicle shall be punished by a fine of not less than $20 nor more than $100.